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11.29.2011 | Posted in domain names

When you register a domain name with a domain registrar like GoDaddy or NameCheap, the domain is set up on parked nameservers, which means it shows a temporary page to people who visit to the site. Once you have chosen your hosting provider, you need to point your domain name to your hosting, so your domain and hosting account are linked. If you don’t know how to change your nameservers, don’t worry… This is actually pretty simple.

How to Changes Nameservers

Step 1 – First, you need to figure out what the nameservers of your hosting are. For example if your hosting provider is BlueHost your nameservers will look like this: ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com. Sometimes the nameservers are listed on your hosting panel (like cPanel) but if not, you should be able to find them in the documentation provided by your hosting provider. If not, you may contact them to ask them where you should point your domain name to.

Step 2 – Once you know what nameservers you should use, you must log into your domain registrar account, find the domain management section, and change the nameservers to the nameservers of your hosting. For example if you purchased your domain name on GoDaddy, you must go to: Domains > Domain Management. Select your domain, scroll down the page and click the ‘Set Nameservers’ link.

How to Change Nameservers

Replace the nameservers with the nameservers of your hosting and click ‘OK’. That’s it! Of course the interface will look different if you have a different domain registrar but you get the idea. I find the GoDaddy relatively easy to use, and I know that NameCheap is user-friendly as well.

Change Nameservers

How to Changes Nameservers

While your changes will appear within minutes, please be aware that it can take up to 24-48 hours for new records to propagate. However from experience it generally takes between less than a few minutes to 2-3 hours. I hope this helps! Remember, if you can’t find what nameservers you should use, or where you can change them, get in touch with you domain registrar, or hosting provider to ask them for more information.

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